KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Milwaukee closed the game on a 12-0 run to swipe a 69-66 win away from UMKC tonight in men’s college basketball at Municipal Auditorium. Leading 66-57 with 2:45 remaining, the Roos went cold from the floor and turned the ball over that led to the winning points. Roy Darius connected on a lay-up with 15 seconds left to give Milwaukee (3-8) a one-point lead and Amir Allen iced the game with a pair of free throws for the final score.
“Milwaukee did a good job there hanging around with a couple miscues (by us) at the foul line,” said UMKC head coach Kareem Richardson. “We make 70 percent of our free throws at the foul line, we probably come away with the game.
“They (Milwaukee) shot 56 percent from the field in the second half. We turned them over 14 times in the first, seven in the second half. They felt more comfortable there in the second half running their offense.
“Give Milwaukee a lot of credit, we couldn’t come up with the crucial stops when we needed them. It is another learning experience for us.”
Xavier Bishop led the Roos (3-8) in scoring for the eighth time in 11 games with 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting. He added five assists and two steals. Rob Whitfield came away with 15 points, nailing four treys. Danny Dixon, the game MVP, posted totals of 14 points, five boards and three steals.
After a four-point halftime edge, UMKC took its largest lead, 53-43, on a Jordan Giles lay-up at the 9:56 mark. That was the second 10-point advantage for the Roos on their home court tonight. The Roos used defense and a seven-point scoring advantage from the foul line to take the double-digit second-half lead.
Overall, UMKC forced 21 turnovers and scored 18 free throw points, compared to 11 by Milwaukee.
However, Panthers guard Darius Roy scored 11 points during the decisive run. His jumper sparked the 12-0 spurt for the Panthers.
He finished with 17 points, coming up with clutch shots inside the paint and on the perimeter. Roy joined fellow team mate DeAndre Abram, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds, in double-figures.
• UMKC next plays at home against McNeese (La.) on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Municipal.
• Xavier Bishop notches double-figures in scoring for the eighth-straight game.
• Whitfield finishes with 15 points, his fifth-consecutive 10-plus contest.
• After eight steals tonight, the Roos have tallied at least eight steals in nine of 11 games this year.
• UMKC recorded a season-low in team rebounds with 25. They got out-rebounded 41-25.
• Danny Dixon finishes one point shy of tying a career-high. He had 14 tonight.
• The seven Roo turnovers are close to a season-low. Two games ago – a win at Purdue Fort Wayne – UMKC only coughed up the ball three times.
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